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UNDER THE RAYDAR: 2017 SEASON

Posted by ray on Sun, 2017-10-08 12:53

It's been a while since I posted in this section, but I feel it's a very important section for those in Keeper Dynasty leagues, or deep fantasy leagues in general.  I have a few names that you should be aware of. With some teams off to a quick and explosive start, things should settle down and the cream will always rise to the top as they say.  So let's drop some 'not-so-known' names.

UNDER THE RAYDAR: ALEXANDER WENNBERG-C-Columbus Blue Jackets

Posted by ray on Sat, 2015-12-12 20:21

UNDER THE RAYDAR: ALEXANDER WENNBERG-C-Columbus Blue Jackets

One team that you are probably consciously staying away from because of their horrific start to this season is the Columbus Blue Jackets and justifiably so.  They seem to have their feet planted a little firmer on the ice now under Head Coach John Tortorella, but things don’t seem to be right in Columbus.

UNDER THE RAYDAR: CONNOR HELLEBUYCK-G-Winnipeg Jets

Posted by ray on Fri, 2015-12-04 20:35

CONNOR HELLEBUYCK-G-Winnipeg Jets

We take a look at Winnipeg jets goaltending prospect Connor Hellebuyck who was called up when starter Ondrej Pavelec went down with an injury.  This can also be your UNDER THE RAYDAR feature as well this week.

UNDER THE RAYDAR: BO HORVAT-C, JARED McCANN-C, JAKE VIRTANEN-RW-Vancouver Canucks

Posted by ray on Fri, 2015-11-20 22:41

UNDER THE RAYDAR: BO HORVAT-C, JARED McCANN-C, JAKE VIRTANEN-RW-Vancouver Canucks

Usually when it comes to an UTR article, we focus on just one particular player at a time.  However, there seems to be a developing situation in Vancouver where the future is starting.  The Canucks knew that they had to prepare for the eventual demise and retirement of the Sedin twins.  The twins still possess the kind of talent that they will still be productive, but it’s only a matter of time before Vancouver will need to rely on the next generation of rising stars.

UNDER THE RAYDAR: NIKOLAJ EHLERS-LW-Winnipeg Jets

Posted by ray on Sun, 2015-11-01 13:00

UNDER THE RAYDAR: NIKOLAJ EHLERS-LW-Winnipeg Jets

UNDER THE RAYDAR: ARTEMI PANARIN-LW-Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by ray on Thu, 2015-10-15 20:48

UNDER THE RAYDAR: ARTEMI PANARIN-LW-Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks were already building for the 2015-2016 in April of 2015 while they were trying to win their 3rd Stanley Cup in the past 6 years when they signed a young Russian forward named Artemi Panarin to a 2-year deal.  Little was made of the signing but Panarin could turn out to be an integral part of the Blackhawks season.

UNDER THE RAYDAR: MARK STONE-RW-Ottawa Senators

Posted by ray on Wed, 2015-01-28 20:34

MARK STONE-RW-OTTAWA SENATORS

UNDER THE RAYDAR: MICHAEL HUTCHINSON-G-Winnipeg Jets

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-12-09 20:58

UTR: MICHAEL HUTCHINSON-G-WINNIPEG JETS

The start to Michael Hutchinson’s career couldn’t have been scripted any better.  Well, maybe it could have been a tad better, but I’m sure he’s not complaining now that he’s establishing himself at the NHL level.  The 24-year old Winnipeg net minder was brought up at the end of last season and all he did in his first 3 NHL starts was post a 2-1-0 record with a miniscule 1.64 GAA and a .943 SP.  Stupendous for a rookie goaltender!

UNDER THE RAYDAR: SEAN MONAHAN-C-Calgary Flames

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-11-14 11:05

Last year we concluded the UTR series with coverage of Calgary Flame Paul Byron.  Well, this year we are starting off the UTR series with another Calgary Flame, Sean Monahan.  You might be asking yourself how could I consider Sean Monahan an “Under the Raydar” candidate when he already has played a full season, or close to it, suiting up in 75 games.  Plus, he was chosen 6th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  Well, the reason is that although he already has 11 points in 17 games this season, he really hasn’t begun to

UNDER THE RAYDAR: Paul Byron-C-Calgary Flames March 23, 2014

Posted by ray on Sun, 2014-03-23 15:40

As a GM, sometimes it’s hard to admit that your team needs to start rebuilding.  It’s almost as if you are admitting defeat; and no person with a competitive nature ever wants to admit that.  The other alternative is to stay the course and fill in with aging veterans through free agency that other teams do not want or need, and hope that there is at least one or two more years left in their tanks and they can help make some noise for your franchise in the playoffs.  And as difficult as it may be to finally throw in the towel and start rebuilding, you know in your heart that it’s the right d

UNDER THE RAYDAR: Anders Lee-C-New York Islanders March 6, 2014

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-03-06 15:45

We  are coming down to the home stretch with 5 weeks left in the NHL & fantasy hockey season and fantasy owners are looking for that hidden gem somewhere that might just catapult them into the lead, or give them more of a cushion as they head for the finish line.  With the trade deadline behind us, some teams have bulked up, while others are left to play for another day.  We all know about the big names and how they will help their NHL clubs, but what happens to the vacancy created by trading away such talented players.  Clubs out of the playoff race take a look at their current cupboar

UNDER THE RAYDAR: Gustav Nyquist-RW-Detroit Red Wings January 31, 2014

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-01-31 19:03

Being perennial playoff contenders doesn’t always allow you to rebuild with top draft choices, so the Detroit Red Wings have found a system that works for the organization that keeps them competitive year-in and year-out.  They rely on their talented scouting staff to find the gems-in-the-rough players that other teams do not see or perhaps overlook.  A lot of the talent they find has been found overseas in countries like Sweden and Finland.  The formula they follow has worked for years, giving them such quality players like Pavel Datsyuk in the 6th round of the 1998 NHL Draft an

UNDER THE RAYDAR: Mark Scheifele-C-Winnipeg Jets January 17, 2014

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-01-17 15:01

One player from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft who may be under the radar is Winnipeg Jets Center Mark Scheifele.  The 7th overall selection in the 2011 draft is playing in his first full season and has scored 26 points in 49 games so far.  With the Jets switching out Claude noel for Paul Maurice behind the bench, opportunities may arise sooner than later for the youngster.  What is also intriguing is that Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi will be UFAs at the end of this season and if not sign

UNDER THE RAYDAR: Jacob Trouba-D-Winnipeg Jets January 4, 2014

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-01-04 12:53

You would think with the defensive corps the Winnipeg Jets have at their disposal, that by selecting Jacob Trouba at 39th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, they could afford to take their time and develop Trouba slowly and not rush him to the NHL until he was ready.  Injuries and a season-long slump by Tobias Enstrom have put a wrench in those plans but the 19 year old has risen to the occasion when called upon by scoring 12 points in 26 games.

UNDER THE RAYDAR: COMING BACK AT YOU ON 1/4/14

Posted by steve on Sat, 2013-12-28 14:45

Due to the holidays, our next UTR feature will be available on 1/4/14. Thank you and all the best during this holiday season!
 

UNDER THE RAYDAR: Nick Bonino-C-Anaheim Ducks December 16, 2013

Posted by ray on Mon, 2013-12-16 14:30

Everyone knows the type of season Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are having.  And, there is the scoring slump that Teemu Selanne has been mired in, perpetuating talks about this being the end of the road for the Finnish Flash.  Have no fear Duck fans, the team is blessed with some very impressive young talent to take over when Teemu hangs up the skates, some of which are on the team already.  Surely most of you have heard of Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri.  Jakob Silfverberg is known for being the other side of the Bobby Ryan trade.   Also part of that trade was Stefan Noesen, but he is not b

UNDER THE RAYDAR: Chris Kreider-C-New York Rangers November 30, 2013

Posted by ray on Sat, 2013-11-30 15:47

Even though he never played a single game in the NHL, so much was expected of Chris Kreider when he was called upon to add some offense to the New York Rangers Stanley Cup run in 2011-2012. With his Boston College season completed, the Head Coach of the Rangers, John Tortorella, played him sparingly in those playoffs, especially after making rookie mistakes.  A lot of pressure was placed upon this young man’s shoulders, but he did manage to perform quite admirably, playing in 18 games during the playoffs and going 5-2-13.

UNDER THE RAYDAR: Eric Gelinas-D-New Jersey Devils November 16, 2014

Posted by ray on Fri, 2013-11-15 23:05

The New Jersey Devils were once known for their terrorizing defense with the likes of Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer.  One was punishing to opposing forwards who would enter the Devils defensive zone while the other would terrorize opposing defenses and goalies with his slick stick-handling and keen hockey sense.  The Devils have been lacking on both accounts since their respective departures, but they have managed to play their team defense in front of an aging Martin Brodeur, which actually got them to the Stanley Cup finals in 2011-2012.  Marek Zidlicky was brought in but he had fai

UNDER THE RAYDAR: Brandon Pirri-C-Chicago Blackhawks November 2, 2013

Posted by ray on Sat, 2013-11-02 16:17

Brandon Pirri was chosen in the 2nd round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks with much promise.  It was his magical year in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) that made scouts stand up and take notice.  The Blackhawks were well on their way after drafting C Jonathan Toews and RW Patrick Kane in back-to-back years in 2006 & 2007 respectively and adding Pirri in 2009 seemed to go a long way in securing the second line center role that would need to be filled in due time.  Management and fans are hoping that Pirri can provide the Hawks with a 1-2 punch fo

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